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Neutering

Our low-cost neutering services are available to everyone. We offer free neutering for bull breeds and cats eligible under the London C4 scheme.

Neutering is essential for responsible pet ownership. The neutering procedure offers a humane and permanent solution to unwanted litters and also reduces the risk of your pet developing certain cancers and other diseases. Your pet will also be less likely to develop unwanted behaviours such as roaming, spraying and fighting with other animals.

It is a simple, quick and low risk procedure – most animals will be in and out of the clinic within one day. We neuter cats from the age of 8-9 weeks and dogs from the age of 12 weeks. We will always make an individual assessment of each animal before going ahead.

Book an Appointment

Please call or email to book your low-cost neutering appointment.

Phone us on 02089 628017

Email us via vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org

 

What do we offer?

Our community clinic offers a few different options for neutering. The main service we provide is low-cost neutering for cats, dogs and rabbits.

Free Dog Neutering

We are proud to offer free neutering for bull breed dogs. These breeds are often used as service dogs and are associated with overbreeding. In order to qualify for this service, your dog must have the physical characteristics of a bull breed or bull breed cross. Even if you are sure that your dog has bull breed parentage, they will only be eligible if they have the physical characteristics.

The scheme incorporates bull breeds such as the English Bull Terrier, American Bulldog and Bull Mastiff Types. French Bulldogs are eligible for low-cost neutering but not free neutering.

If you are unsure whether your dog is eligible, please call us on 02089 628017 for advice.

Please note that the decision of the Veterinary Surgeon admitting your dog on the day of surgery will be final. If they decide that your dog is not an eligible Bull Breed or Bull Breed mix you will be asked to pay for neutering. This price is heavily subsidised by Mayhew and is at a low cost.

We were the first charity to introduce a free Bull Breed neutering scheme since 2006 to help reduce the chronic overpopulation of these breed types and stem the number of unwanted dogs arriving at rescue centres. The scheme is free to all but The Mayhew is grateful for any donations that can be made towards the cost of the surgery, enabling us to continue this vital programme.

Free Cat Neutering

 We offer free neutering for some cats under the C4 Scheme. The scheme was created by the major animal charities in London to tackle cat overpopulation. You are eligible for free cat neutering if:

  • you live locally to Mayhew
  • you own the cat and receive state benefit, state pension, council tax benefits or housing benefits
  • you are a full time student
  • you are on a low household income
  • the cat is a stray that you have been feeding for at least 14 days

 

Proof that the owner is eligible must be provided on the day of your appointment.

We also offer a free Pick and Snip scheme for cats only. We collect cats, bring them to our clinic for neutering and return them. Find out more about this scheme.

 

Myths and facts

MYTH: My pet will become fat and lazy

FACT: Females may have a tendency to put on weight after being neutered but this can be easily managed by reducing their food intake and more exercise. 

MYTH: It is better to let my pet either mate or have one litter first

FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first season are typically healthier. Reproduction is a biological event in cats and dogs – they do not yearn for a family in the way humans do. 

MYTH: My pet is too young now – I’ll leave it until he/she’s a bit older
 FACT: Dogs and cats can be neutered from an early age. The younger the animal, the quicker the operation and the faster the recovery. 
MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens

FACT: You may find homes for your pet’s puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up living on the streets, being runover, injured or destroyed. Mayhew never destroys a healthy animal, but not all rescue centres have our ethos. 

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her

FACT: Your pet’s puppies or kittens are highly unlikely to be a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are so many animals in shelters waiting for homes that are just as cute, smart, sweet and loving as your pet. 

MYTH: Neutering may affect my dog's emotional identity

FACT: Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. They don’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered. 

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective in the home

FACT: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones. 

MYTH: I can't afford to have my pet spayed or neutered

FACT: Mayhew and other rescue centres and organisations in the UK run low cost neutering programmes. Mayhew also offers a free bull breed neutering service. Check your area for low cost centres. Alternatively, adopt an animal from a rescue centre, as the pets are often neutered prior to adoption. 

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